Okay my turn....Dallas Texas is very central - close to everything, the shopping capital of the US since people from New York fly down to shop here with lots of lakes to skiing. House prizes are some of the cheapest in the country - so you can afford to go big!
everyone is recruiting then so will I
Minnesota is 85+ in the summer with tons of humidity due to having 15 000 lakes, which is great for winter skating and summer to go out on the boat. Winter time is snowy & cold, but it's ok because alot of snowmobiling (alot of fun trails for it) ski jumping, ice skating on the local lakes. Always a festival going on here somewhere too. Commute isn't too bad but do have some bad spots (we have 2-seasons here Winter & Road Construction)